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In Praise of Doorsteps
Janice Canerdy

I think of sunsets I have seen
throughout my many years
from doorsteps where in quiet thought
I've laughed and wiped my tears.

The doorstep is a thinking spot
a place to share my day
with loved ones God has given me,
an altar where I pray.

For children it's a special seat
for rest when school work ends,
where snacks and many laughs are shared
with kindred-spirit friends.

For youths it is a meeting place
where games and dates are planned.
The simple structure serves us all,
according to demand.

Great praise is due life's doorsteps, both
intangible and seen,
and all the portals fore and aft
for all they truly mean.

This poem first appeared in the Fall 2012 contest-edition anthology of the Mississippi Poetry Society and the Spring 2015 issue of Westward Quarterly.
Used here with the authorís permission.

Janice Canerdy is a retired high school English teacher from Potts Camp, Mississippi. She has been writing poetry since childhood, is the author of one book, Expressions of Faith (Christian Faith Publishing, 2016), and has had poems published in many magazines and anthologies. Janice enjoys church life and being involved in church activities and says her grandchildren play a key role in her life, as she does in theirs.




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Neighborhoods are united by doorsteps; I love the community in this poem. The last stanza joins all of us because of our yearning for this connectivity--thanks.
Posted 07/22/2015 10:33 PM
I loved this!
Posted 07/14/2015 01:49 PM
Wilda Morris:
Truth in lyrical verse. I think we lost something since air conditioning and electronics have brought so much of life indoors.
Posted 07/13/2015 12:29 PM
Lori Levy:
Original idea! I agree with the others.
Posted 07/13/2015 12:23 PM
Posted 07/13/2015 10:49 AM
Rhyming quatrains, especially spiritual ones, such as these, seem sometimes to come directly from some universal hymnal. Moving.
Posted 07/13/2015 08:26 AM
gentle and calming and with a beautiful rhyme scheme; a pleasure to read
Posted 07/13/2015 08:04 AM
Elegantly written with a rhyme scheme that moves us unobtrusively through the poem.
Posted 07/13/2015 07:39 AM
Wha a marvellous poem to read on a sleepless night. Simple and simply beautiful. Janice Canerdy, I thank you for your lovely words and thoughts
Posted 07/13/2015 03:12 AM

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